The All blacks they had a great Rugby Championship, but they could not materialize it in the November window. In addition to finishing the southern hemisphere tournament with a fall to South Africa, New Zealand could not beat Ireland nor to France as a visitor in the Autumn Nations Series.
Although the local press was not pious with Ian Foster, Head Coach of the selected one, Chris Lendrum, CEO of NZR endorsed it.
“We are incredibly grateful for the efforts made by our team,” said Lendrum.
“It is a tour like no other… long and arduous and there are lessons to be learned from those weeks. But we support Foz (Foster) and the team and we can’t wait for them to come back to our country and start working for next year. “
In addition, Lendrum added: “When you look at the year in general and you see what we have achieved, I think, when you look at the context, I think there has been quite a significant growth from last year.”
“We have won 12 out of 15: South Africa lost five games, Australia lost around seven. I know they judge us harshly, but if I reflect on the year, we are progressing. We have a good group of players who are growing, but we are also learning some. difficult lessons at the end of this long season, “he concluded.